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Elbows On The Table & Other Bad Habits - A Poll...

My uncultured undies are showing. As long as there's adequate room, I put my elbows on the table when dining.

Do you put your elbows on the table or commit some other dining etiquette faux pas fully aware that it's considered bad manners by others to do so?

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  1. I pick up the fish head and suck out every nook and cranny, sans bib, and with my hands.

    I slurp my noodles -- in the most obnoxious way possible (yes, I know this is a cultural thing).

    I stab tofu with one chopstick ... ok, kidding on this one.

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    1. re: ipsedixit

      I do the fish thing at home, too. I don't really order whole fish when dining out, so I have yet to find out if that situation would compel me to do the same in public. :)

      1. re: ipsedixit

        I ordered the whole fish at one of cat cora's restaurants last year, and was seriously miffed when they took away the head before I could get at it. I was like, "B-b-b-but...." unfortunately I was too late and the waitress was already gone.

        1. re: velochic

          If you're asking about how you should answer the question, I guess both. But I'm specially interested in what you do in public.

          If you're asking about the manner in which I commit my etiquette offenses, the answer is definitely both. :)

        2. In public, sometimes talk with full mouth. In private, same, plus sometimes finish way before my husband and then sit there and look noticeably bored. I don't mean to.

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          1. re: middleagedfoodie

            Ha, my Dad is a speed eater, too. It is common for him to be finished his supper in the time it takes my Mom to bring everyone's plate to the table. Well, this USED to be common when we all lived at home and my mom cooked for us. These days my Dad has started to cook a bit.

            I am also very guilty of elbows on the table. Public and private.

          2. Though not specific to your question, you might find this thread interesting if you haven't read it yet.
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/450645

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